Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sherwood Oaks Neighbors is born

We had a great turnout at our organizational meeting today. Thanks so much to everyone who attended or otherwise expressed interest in developing an association. Meeting minutes will be posted shortly so please check back. The overall consensus among those present today seemed to be that Sherwood Oaks Neighbors might be a fitting name for our organization. We now have an e-mail address for neighborhood business:
If you wish to be on a mailing list to receive neighborhood news please e-mail and we will get you on the e-mail distribution list. Or, if you already sent Ellen your e-mail address she will be adding you to that list automatically. We can use the distribution list to share neighborhood news, as well as collect feedback, ideas for upcoming meeting agendas, etc. We also plan to post items of interest on this blog site.

For an overview of support offered by the City of Bloomington for neighborhoods please see this web site:
To explore what other Bloomington neighborhood associations have done/are doing please see these pages on the City of Bloomington web site:
list of neighborhood associations with web site links
past Small and Simple Grant recipients
past Neighborhood Improvement Grant projects
I would like to toss out an idea for consideration at the next meeting. Before returning to Bloomington our family lived for a time in Coralville, Iowa. While we were there we fell in love with a beautiful, yet simple, Coralville December tradition called the Aisle of Lights. If there is interest, this might be a tradition we could easily establish in Sherwood Oaks. So many neighbors already decorate for the holidays. It is easy to envision, for one night, the addition of sidewalk luminaries lining the neighborhood corridor of Allendale, Bainbridge, Laura Way, and Heather Drive (and any other streets where folks want to participate). To see what this is all about please follow this link for a virtual trip to Iowa:
Aisle of Lights

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